Some days are harder than others to conquer the blank page. Through experience, I’ve learned not to bother waiting for confidence to show up. Instead, I sit down and write. Because I pray regularly for my writing to be according to God’s will for me, I trust He’s leading me even when I don’t feel led.
To turn a Tina Turner phrase a bit: What’s feeling got to do with it?
Feelings are fickle. Faith is where it’s at—especially for inspirational writers.
Some of the best writing sessions happen just because we dared to show up. And when we pick up a pen even though we’re feeling down about our ability, it’s an opportunity for God to show up big with His.
For Christian writers who know they’re supposed to be writing, generous obedience begets generous blessing. First, there’s the satisfaction of having done the right thing. And second, there are the epiphany moments that often accompany our obedience.
God doesn’t need us to be full of self-confidence before we can write for Him. We just need to place our confidence in the One who called us to write. Each weekday morning, I face the crossroad of choosing to write—despite how I feel—rather than giving in to the easy road of dabbling in hobbies.
Since choosing to show up no matter what, I’ve written thousands more words than I did at this time last year. Not because I’m feeling confident as a writer, but because I have confidence God is going to show up on my pages too.
Without the Holy Spirit, we’re hopeless.
Since believers are never abandoned by our Helper, we don’t need to abandon our calling.
The Spirit gives us faith to overcome our difficult feelings.
Here are some tips to help us conquer the blank page:
• Establish a routine of showing up to write when you’re at your peak energy level.
• Include cozy rituals that bless your creative side. (e.g., nice background music, a lovely, scented wax warmer nearby, a fresh cup of coffee/tea, or whatever works for you.)
• Have rewards ready for you to enjoy when your writing session is done. (For me this includes crafting and craft video time.)
• Avoid slave-driving your muse. Know what your limit is and quit before you’re burned out. (I learned this the hard way. Rests and recreation are necessary for good mental and physical health. I take Sundays off and consider Saturdays optional.)
• Pray about your writing so that you can have the confidence God will help you conquer distractions, discouragement, and blank pages.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV
When the music of our passion wanes, may faith cause words to wax eloquent on the page.
I hope this inspired you to write & conquer. (This post is an example of practicing what I preached. Nothing in me felt like writing. I’d already shown up and had success with my early morning writing, but I felt empty to pour out more. Instead of giving in to my feelings, I opened a Word Doc and obeyed the nudge to show up. And I’m so glad I did. (It also helps to write first drafts weeks in advance so that we have a chance to edit them with fresh eyes before posting them on the blog.)
Blessings as we continue to show up and show discouragement where the door is.
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Wendy L. Macdonald is an inspirational blogger and podcaster who loves to photograph nature on Vancouver Island. Her byline is: “My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep.”